I’ve been thinking a lot about limiting beliefs lately—what mine are, where they came from, what I need to do to get rid of them.
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve twice had situations come up in which I immediately thought, “I can’t do that.”
Normally I wouldn’t have thought to question those beliefs. I would have just moved on, never challenging my beliefs and never challenging myself.
But because I’ve had limiting beliefs on my mind, on these occasions I stopped. I questioned.
Can’t I? Am I sure? Was that ever true? Even if it was true, when was the last time I tested that belief?
Maybe I couldn’t yesterday, but maybe I could today?
In both cases, I attempted those things I thought I could not do. And, as it turns out, I could.
We have so many limiting beliefs, in every area of our lives. They may have once been true. Or maybe we tried once and were so bad at it that our brains changed “I’m not good at that” to “I can’t do that,” and then our narrative grew around that limitation.
But we are capable of so much more than we believe we are. We are stronger than we think. More resilient. We have more endurance. We are more courageous. We are smarter. We don’t give ourselves credit for the amazing beings we are.
And what’s more, accomplishing things we thought we couldn’t is an amazing feeling.
Listen to the ways you’re limiting yourself. Challenge the assumptions. Try anyway.
Maybe you couldn’t yesterday, but maybe you can today.